Showing your home

You want potential buyers to feel at home the minute they walk up the driveway or step onto the path. Give them a canvas to fill, it's showtime!

Look at our tips to selling houses ... tidy up any side passages, tidy the back garden, even move the car if you can; it will all help with kerb appeal.

  • If weather permits, open the windows (if there is too much noise outside, close them!). If it's cold enough to wear a jumper then turn the heating on. You want the temperature inside to be comfortable, giving buyers more reason to linger.
  • Light a fire in the fireplace if you have one; it's a bit of a cliché, but baking bread or biscuits can help to create nice smells around the house. Alternatively, some plug-ins do the job quite well.
  • Open all the window coverings to let light in. If a particular window overlooks undesirable scenery or obstructed views and you are worried about that then just partially close a blind perhaps.
  • Turn on all the lights in the house, including appliance lights and brighten darker rooms with lamps.
  • Play some low background music as not all buyers are chatty and it will feel less awkward. Start the tour upstairs – normally bedrooms don'’t sell houses – and then introduce them to the ground floor which often does!
  • Talk about the things that sold the house to you, close to good schools, perhaps convenient for the shops. If you have good neighbours tell buyers that, they all worry about getting bad ones!
  • Give buyers a indication of the running costs, council tax, average bills and so on, all information is useful. Discuss your moving situation, but make sure they know you are reluctantly leaving a house you have loved but have made up your mind you are moving –…no buyer likes an uncertain seller.
  • Then finally offer to let buyers have a walk around on their own.